Flaam Route Drive continues &Testing 2TE116 on Merge Route
Good Weds all, got some more Rain, perfect, not too much, not too little, some more today......Even some Sunshine.
So from the help of Phil Skene and others, I found this nice little Russian Engine to use on my Flaam Route, this is 2TE116, smokey, a little clunky in sound, hey, but that's the way this one is, I watched on You tube link and boy does this one smoke under load, but she is a powerful locomotive, I had to find a pair of replacement bogeys as the original Website was taken down, and she works well with her new set of Shoes (oops, I mean Bogeys). I tested below, Horn and Bell works perfectly, lights too, I would like to see the marker lights in the back lit, but that's beyond my scope for now. While I was testing here in an industrial setting, I found a whole bunch of Tracks missing and missed up from the multiple merges I did on this route, looks like I have plenty to do, LOL
Below we are backing up to see how the coupler works, how she does on Curves etc. So far so good.
Reverse move and easing back at 10mph here.
Almost here, don't want to derail or break anything, I have never operated one of these type engines.
And the joint is made we are good to go, once we get the air pressure up in the Cars and a break check.
Switching over to Flaam Route here we continue up, I have a lot of work to do in the tunnels, but I'm seriously thinking of double all the line up to top of mountain, since I add Freight operations too. Some mines, Diesel sites and services within tolerance.
Oh, boy was this a close one, almost had a head on collision, for whatever reason, I didn't have the switch set to go around this stopped passenger train, I knew he was coming down the hill,,but I would have thought Dispatcher would have set this switch for me. I came within 150' of slamming into him at 20MPH, too darn close for comfort, also lots of this line is Dark Territory as well........Definitely going to add signals on the line to bring up safety!!!!
Yes I know it cost money, but one bad accident where folks get hurt or tragically killed, can take out a small company like this, and Passenger Revenues are on the rise here, we get more Tourist each year riding this route for the beauty and ruggedness of Scenic lands, so lets do our part and make this route safer for them, and will still make money.
Ok I have a biz meeting it's time to go.
Thanks for dropping by folks.
Last edited by blueodessey; March 22nd, 2017 at 02:55 PM.
Respectfully yours, Blue
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